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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Disparaging; belittling: a derogatory comment.
  • adj. Tending to detract or diminish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Tending to derogate, or lessen in value of someone; expressing derogation; detracting; injurious.
  • adj. When referring to a clause in a testament: a sentence of secret character inserted by the testator alone, of which he reserves the knowledge to himself, with a condition that no will he may make thereafter shall be valid, unless this clause is inserted word for word; – a precaution to guard against later wills extorted by violence, or obtained by suggestion.
  • n. A trade-line on a credit report that includes negative credit history.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending to derogate, or lessen in value; expressing a low opinion; expressing derogation; detracting; injurious; -- with from, to, or unto.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Detracting or tending to lessen by taking something away; that lessens extent, effect, estimation, etc.: with to, sometimes from.
  • Synonyms Depreciative, discreditable, disgraceful.
  • n. A derogatory act or statement; a disparagement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. expressive of low opinion

Etymologies

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From Late Latin dērogātōrius, from Latin dērogāre; corresponding to derogate +‎ -ory.

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